Palestinian teen killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli army: health ministry

Palestinian teen killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli army: health ministry
A Palestinian teenager was killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
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05 December, 2020
Israeli forces clash with Palestinians during a protest against settlements in Salfit, West Bank [Getty]

Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday in clashes with the Israeli army on the sidelines of a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Thirteen-year-old Ali Ayman Nasr Abu Aliya "succumbed to his wounds after he was shot with live rounds in the stomach" during clashes north of Ramallah, the ministry said in a statement.

The youth was hit during a demonstration in the village of Mughayir and was transported in critical condition to a hospital in Ramallah, where he died, it said. 

The Israeli army had "violently dispersed" the protest against the establishment of an Israeli settlement in the area, according to Mughayir's mayor, Amin Abu Aliya, quoted by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA

Four other people were wounded by Israeli army gunfire, WAFA reported.

The army denied live rounds were used, although it was "aware of reports regarding a number of injured rioters and a Palestinian casualty". 

An army spokesperson told AFP that dozens of protesters had thrown rocks at security forces.

"Rioters attempted to roll boulders and burning tires from ridges above the Allon road, endangering the lives of civilians on the route," she said.

"Security forces prevented the rioters from blocking the road and responded with riot dispersal means."

The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967. 

More than 450,000 Israelis live in settlements in the territory, home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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